Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy New Year

I would like to take this opportunity to wish all of my blog friends a wonderful, happy, and healthy New Year! Thank you for your wonderful comments, I appreciate each and every one, and even if you didn't leave one, thank you for coming by to visit.

"May all of your troubles last as long as your New Year's resolutions"
"Joey Adams"

Monday, December 21, 2009

Vintage Christmas Monday

Hello, and welcome to another Vintage Christmas Monday, hosted by dear Joan of . thank you Joan for hosting this great event! Lookie here at these wonderful cards I just received in the mail! I purchased these from sweet Kris over at She had them pictured on her blog, and I wrote to her, and asked if she could make me some. Well, she very kindly obliged, and I am so glad she did. They are just adorable! Each image is separately cut out and put on each card, and is just so nicely made. Attention to every detail. They are not small either. They are a 5x7 size, and come with envelopes. I think I am going to make a banner with them. The images are so bright, I just LOVE them. Thank you so much Kris! She has her own Etsy shop too, so check it out. You can click on any image to make it bigger. This sweet image I found on someones blog. Sorry I can't remember who it was. This was a book, that has been passed down in the family, and Santa's suit is done in velvet. I just loved the image.
These little cuties were a thrift find. the little plastic roofs were all yellowed, and most of the glitter gone. Well, I brought them home, and with a little TLC, and a new coating of glitter, I think they look really cute! Inside, the figures are hard plastic, with little sprigs of plastic holly.
This pretty figurine is Napco Christmas angel I purchased on e-bay. They can be quite pricey, so I will watch for them year round.

Well, I hope you enjoyed looking at my Christmas goodies. I am glad that Joan is extending the party til Dec 31, so we can catch up on any posts that we missed. Please visit her blog to see the other participants on the right of her sidebar. thanks so much for coming by, and have a very Merry Christmas!!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

We Have a Winner!

Congratulations to Jane, over at! She is the lucky winner of my first give away, for the set of vintage electric candlesticks! This was so much fun! I am so going to miss these vintage Christmas posts. Thank you to all who left comments, I appreciate each and every one! Hope everyone has a wonderful holiday!

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Vintage Christmas Monday and My First Giveaway

Hi, and welcome to Vintage Christmas Monday, hosted by Joan of This is also my first official giveaway! I decided this giveaway would be perfect for today, because you all obviously love vintage Christmas things. I'm giving away this set of vintage Christmas lamps! They are in great condition, all intact and working! The outside is covered in a mesh like material, and with little angels on the side. If you would like to have them, please leave your e-mail address where I may contact you if you are the winner. Just leave me a comment to enter. I will except all comments through Dec 15th, then I will select a winner. Good luck! Next, I would like to show you this set of Christmas figurines made by Lefton. I bought them from e-bay. They seem to be a very popular item.

These I found at a flea market this past summer for $1 each. They are made of plastic, and can be hung on the tree. The one on the left has a tag on it that says Japan. the Santa is a very soft plastic. I thought they were kind of neat.

Thanks so much for coming by for a visit. I am going to miss these posts for Christmas. I love visiting everyone, and seeing your vintage Christmas goodies. Don't forget to stop by Joan's and visit all of the other participants to see their vintage Christmas items.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Special Memories from Christmas

Hello, and welcome to our first pink theme Saturday hosted by Beverly of Thank you so much Beverly for hosting this special event. The idea is to share one of your favorite memories of Christmas. Well, one of my fondest memories of a childhood Christmas was baking cookies with my mom. Sorry I am a little late today.

Here are all of my moms original baking things, that bring back such wonderful memories for me. These things date back to the 50's (yes, I'm old) lol or older. These were the aluminum measuring cups, and bowls that we used to make these delicious cookies for Christmas. The wonderful smells, and the Christmas music playing in the background while we baked.

These are one of the kinds we would make. They were called Molasses Crinkles. You would roll them into a ball, and sprinkle a few drops of water on them, before popping them into the oven. That is the trick to giving them the crackle effect. Oh, I can just smell them now. (sniffling a tear)

These were somewhat of another kind we made. Christmas wreaths made with the cookie press that ejects the dough. She would carefully squeeze them out onto the baking pan, and then place a few little pieces of candied cherries for a bow on top. I don't have the original dough press, but I wish I did. :( She stored them all in round cookie tins, and stacked them in the dining room next to the buffet, so we wouldn't eat them all before Christmas. I always managed to sneak a few though. These are wonderful memories for me, of baking with my mom as a young girl. Today, I still love to bake cookies at holiday time, and I have 3 daughters in which to do it with. Have a wonderful holiday season, and thanks for coming by to share some memories with me.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Vintage Christmas Monday

Hi everyone! I'm joining in with Joan of for vintage Christmas Monday. Here is a set of Christmas angels that I had in my home from the 1950's. They are stamped Japan on the bottom. (yeah, I'm old) lol
I remember my mom would put these in a little shadow box that was built into the wall of our home in the dining room. A few have a chip here and there, but I love them just the same. My mom wrapped them in tissue, and I loved unwrapping them at Christmas.
These little guys I picked up at a yard sale for .25 each! I found a shoe box, and started rummaging through it, and the woman said "oh anything in there is .25" . I was thrilled when I found these. I wish there had been more like them. thanks for stopping by! See you next week!
Don't forget to stop by and check out the other particpants to see their vintage Christmas goodies!

Monday, November 16, 2009

Teacup Thingies Tuesday

Hello, and welcome to another Teacup Thingies Tuesday hosted by Kim of Thank you Kim for being are hostess today! The first item I am sharing with you today, is a miniature bone china chintz tea set. I bought it from e-bay many years ago. Isn't it adorable? There is no markings on it, but the pattern is like the teacup in the second picture. This teacup is in the pattern called Bethany, and is made in England. The pattern is the same as the little tea set only the blue flowers are not as vibrant. You can click on the pictures to make them bigger. See my little tea spoon with the teapot on it? My niece sent this to me for my birthday. I have never seen spoons with little teapots on them.

This is a little Limoges trinket box, given to me by my daughter for my birthday also. It is about 2" high, and is just so cute. I love anything with a teacup!

If you flip it over, the bottom opens up. How cute is that?

Well, that's it for my post today. I have to share some of my goodies for next time. Don't forget to check out Kim's blog for a list of other participants, and to see their pretty tea things. Thanks for stopping by! Have a great week!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Holy Cow, Is This November?

Umm, okay what is wrong with this picture? Mother nature seems to be playing a trick on us. It's November, hello??? The temps has been very mild here in central NJ, 68, 71, 72 the past week. The nights are mostly on the cold side though. So, what is this little green stem thingly popping up in my garden? The spring bulbs are starting to bud!! No, no I said, go back down, it's not time yet! I hope the other ones in the garden don't pop up too, or they may freeze. I am enjoying the rather warm temps, but this is definately not November weather. It hasn't stopped me from drinking hot cocoa, or lighting my pine candles already. I even had the Christmas music on in my car too! But, this is just too wierd. Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Memories of Pretty Buttons

What is it with vintage buttons? Why do we love them so much? Here are some I have displayed in a jar on my dresser. I especially love the white mother of pearl buttons. Some are slightly yellowed, and have the prettiest patina. some of these were my moms and I just love them. Finding new ways to display them is so much fun! Here I put them on a sweet little butter dish, with a small candle cloche over them.

Here is a lovely photo courtesy of sweet Dawn over at
She makes the most lovely displays and hand made items. Please stop by to meet her sometime. I love how she displays her buttons in vintage jars on this shelf. Aren't the baby shoes just darling?

Now this beautiful wreath is courtesy of my sweet friend Shari from over at I love how she made this wreath out of some her mom's favorite buttons. Isn't this a fabulous keepsake idea? Please stop over and visit her too! She is a sweetheart!

Here we have another lovely wreath. Look at how those mother of pearl buttons just sparkle! This is what I want to do with some of mine. I love the contrast of the whiter buttons mixed with the more vintage ones, that have a little yellowed patina. These ideas enable us to enjoy our buttons everyday, instead of having them packed away in cans or boxes.

Of course some of us will continue to keep our treasures in our favorite tins. That favorite one that belonged to Grandma that we played with when we were kids. A favorite thing to do on a rainy or cold day. Sorting them by colors or sizes kept us busy for hours. Maybe you had a favorite dress, and just loved the buttons. My mom always cut off the buttons before discarding any old pieces of clothing. We don't do that too much today, with thrift shops, and garage sales, and all of the recycling going on. Do you have any special memories of some favorite buttons? A special collection from your mom or grandma? I would love to hear your stories. Thanks for coming by to visit.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Tea Things Tuesday

Hello, and welcome to another Tea Things Tuesday, hosted by our lovely hostess Kim of thank you Kim!
I fell in love with this darling little teacup and saucer I found at a flea market a few weeks ago. It is about 3 1/2" across. (you can click on any picture to make it larger) See the sticker still on it? $2.00!! It is Salisbury bone china from England. It has the sweetest, most delicate little roses on it, and trimmed in gold. I had to have it!

This is another sweet little cup I found at an antique store for $4. It is slightly larger than the first one. Just the prettiest little roses, and I love the muted shade of aqua mixed in. I don't know what it is about these little teacups, I just love them. This one doesn't have any markings on it, but it is so pretty. This is a creamer my daughter found in an antique store, and bought for my birthday. It is marked Elizabethan, fine bone china England. I love the shape of the spout, and pretty roses.
Well, that is my post. I hope you enjoyed viewing some of my treasures. Don't forget to stop by Kim's and visit the other participants for Tea Things Tuesday! thanks for coming by for a visit.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Halloween Party

Hello, and welcome to the Halloween party hosted by Sharon over at We are invited to share with you some of our Halloween decorations, a party, or just something that has to do with Halloween. I love pink and white, and have a lot of it in my house, but I decorate a little area in my dining room. These witches are all ready in their black hats. I printed this image out from the computer onto some heavy card stock paper, and popped it into a frame with some scrap book decorations.
This little Halloween tree, I picked up at a thrift store for $4.00. I have seen some in the magazines, and on-line and they can be quite pricey. I added some orange lights, a few do dads,
and some spider webs.
This is my Halloween village. You can click on any image to make it bigger. A few of the things light up, but it's hard to see in the picture. Little pumpkins along the fence light up. The pumpkin house, and the skeleton sitting next to it. I have this set up in my dining room.

I love vintage types of decorations for Halloween, and I have found some inexpensive ones in Home Goods. The ghost book I found in a used bookstore.

My vintage Beistle cat decoration. I love these guys. Hope you enjoyed seeing some of my Halloween decor. Don't forget to stop by Sharon's to see some more Halloween fun. thanks for coming by.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Vintage Thingies Thursday

Hello, and welcome to another Vintage Thingies Thursday, hosted by Suzanne at I think this is so much fun, as I love vintage things, and enjoying sharing my finds and seeing everyone elses neat stuff. Thanks so much Suzanne for making this a weekly event.First, I would like to share some lady head vases. Lady head vases were popular in the 50's-60's, and were sold in flower shops. There is a hole in the back of them to hold flowers.They were made by Inarco, Napco, and some just have numbers on them. Today, they are highly collectible, and can be quite pricey depending on the style and maker. They can be found in antique shops, flea markets, and e-bay. These I acquired from my in -laws who also loved to scour flea markets, and garage sales. She picked these up for a song. They are made of porcelain,
and some have very elaborate eyelashes. Some were adorned with necklaces and earrings too.

Here is a fun item hubby and I found in an antique shop last week. You probably have to be a baby boomer to guess what this is. he he (see the end of the post, and I will tell you what it is)

Here is another fun item dear daughter has modeled for us. he he This is vintage, made of layers of lace, and kind of looks like a lampshade. Can you guess what it is? It is a little cap, made to wear at night over your pin curls. You twisted sections of hair into little rings, secured them with hair clips or bobby pins, and then put on your little cap to hold them in. I thought it was neat.
Well, I hope you enjoyed your visit, and will visit the other participants over at Suzanne's. Oh, and the silver thingy in the picture is a speaker from a drive-in movie. Did you know what it was? thanks for coming by.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Tea Things Tuesday

Hello, and welcome to another Tea Things Tuesday, hosted by sweet Kim of Thanks so much Kim for hosting this for us. My first item is a teacup by Royal Albert. I am not sure of the pattern. It is just covered in luscious roses, and trimmed in gold edging. I picked this up on one of my trips to my favorite antique shops. Inside has the prettiest roses in it too!
This teacup is a Lady Carlyle pattern. I believe this also comes in blue. I found this in Home Goods, and they had a whole set of dishes that matched in this pattern. Wow, what a lucky find!
I bought 6 cups and saucers, 6 dinner plates, and the smaller dessert plates. I figured it would be perfect for an Easter dinner, because of the pastel colors. I just love them.

This pretty teapot I found at Marshall's. It was so cheap, I couldn't pass it up. It doesn't have any name on it, but I love the pattern. The pink stand I found in Burlington coat factory store. They have some of the prettiest home things in there. I have had this for a few yrs now, and I have a larger one that matches. I used them at holiday time. Well, I hope you enjoyed looking at some of my favorite tea things. Don't forget to visit Kim to see some other participants and their pretty tea things. Thanks for coming by for a visit.